Thank You, Thoughtful Teachers

I’ve been really delighted this summer to see a great deal of teacher engagement in a variety of places.  From the participants in my National Writing Project summer institute, to the enthusiastic readers in the Book Love Summer Book Club, to the still-hashtagging tweeters on various ed chats, I love seeing so many teachers interested in refining their practice outside the school year.

I’m especially thankful for you, our thoughtful readers, for continuing to read and comment and engage with us in the summertime.  I love that you’re on this journey with us as teacher-writers, constantly reflecting on our practice, striving to improve it.

You deserve a thank-you gift!  How about some free books?


Yes, those are Eric Carle pajamas…

Ruthie and I are excited to give away another big box (or two or three!) of books to add to your classroom library.  You all helped me reduce my shelf load last year with a big book giveaway, but there’s still some more #booklove to dole out.

To enter to win, please help us engage more thoughtful teachers by spreading the word about the community we’re working to build here at Three Teachers Talk.  First, make sure you’ve subscribed to receive emails from us by signing up on the home page:

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Just click on the “Give Me More Posts Like This” button to get signed up.

Next, make sure you’ve liked our Facebook page, which you can do directly through Facebook or on the TTT home page as well:

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Next, follow us on Twitter at our official TTT account, @3teacherstalk, and consider finding us on our individual accounts, too:

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If you’ve already subscribed, liked, and followed, please invite others to do the same.  You can do this through a tweet, a Facebook post, or however you want.  Just help us grow this amazing community of thoughtful, engaged teachers!

Once you’ve done so, please leave a comment on this post that tells why you’re thankful for teachers, plus one way for me to contact you to get your mailing address if you win!

Best of luck winning books, and happy sharing!


The books I’ll give away, with Ruthie for scale, of course

Happy Summer,



34 thoughts on “Thank You, Thoughtful Teachers

  1. Justin Overacker July 6, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply

    Since there are many hours of grading, many piles of books to be read, many students to counsel, many projects to be hung to ceiling tiles, many parents to inform, and many a chill pill and breath to be taken, I appreciate the zeal and grit of teachers; moreover, there is a perspicacious, judicious astuteness that I highly respect when it comes to educators–I know that my fellow co-hearts will not only value our combined efforts, but will also place the same amount of work in the task as I do. I love our group of incisive, sagacious ELA educators!

    I need this double-u! I’m praying to the 3TT gawds and hope I can win this year!

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  2. joyinteaching June 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm Reply

    I wanted to say thank you (again)! I received the books today. As ecstatic as I was to receive these books, the box alone ended up opening up a discussion about different books. It turns out that the person that handed me the package reads even more than I do and leaves finished books around the world for others to enjoy. I love that books are the gateway into other worlds within and outside of the actual pages.

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  3. Shana Karnes June 27, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply

    Also. I love how many of you got so carried away around about why you loved teachers that you initially forgot to put your contact info. I love it!! 😂


  4. Shana Karnes June 27, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply

    I am thankful for all of the fabulous teachers and readers who read and entered! Alisha, aka joyinteaching, won our big box. As I keep filling boxes, I’ll use the comments on this post to choose other winners of those books! Thanks to everyone who commented and keep checking back!! 👍🏼📚


  5. Erin Dever June 27, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply

    I am thankful for teachers who share in my lifelong love of learning and teaching! I am thankful for teachers who are willing to share ideas and resources to instill a love of reading and writing in our students and ignite the passion that they didn’t know they had in them. 🙂 I am so excited to change the course of my teaching this year through reading and writing workshops. My Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle books are all post-it noted and highlighted. I am getting ready to read both of the Notice and Note books and am intrigued by the idea of using signposts.

    I can be reached at
    Thanks for the great resources and opportunity to win some great books!

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  6. Jan Hamilton June 26, 2017 at 9:05 pm Reply

    I’m thankful for teachers because of their generous hearts. They share knowledge, ideas, and resources. They share love and laughter. I get some of my best teaching ideas from teachers who are willing to share. #teachersrock for sure!

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  7. Becca Culotta June 26, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply

    I am thankful for teachers because it is evident year after year that we all have the same goal in mind: the success of our students. We may teach different preps, we may have different experiences, and we may have different philosophies and teaching styles, but we all rally for the common good of our students. And as a mom to a new baby boy, I am even more grateful for the plethora of adults who will affect his life as his educators. I know he will encounter many influential people in his life, but I am certain some of the most influential will be his teachers. And what a beautiful thing that is!

    I am especially thankful that I had the opportunity to attend a workshop training with Amy and Lisa last week. My experience prior to joining my new district is not centered on student choice when it comes to reading, and to be frank, I was a bit intimidated by the workshop model. After just two days of training, though, I am extremely confident as I move to this teaching philosophy, and I cannot wait to see how it transforms my students’ reading and writing and how it gives them the confidence I know they possess.

    Thank you for the opportunity to add more books to my library from my young readers. I can be reached on Twitter at @becca_culotta.

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  8. Greg Lawson June 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm Reply

    I’m so thankful for teachers who work on both their content and their relationships with students. Luckily for me, independent reading allows teachers to do both! Getting the opportunity to know kids through the books they choose (and their engagement with them) is something I owe to this website, and to Penny Kittle and Nancie Atwell. Thank you all for giving me an amazing two years of Reading/Writing Workshop in my classroom. Please keep up the great posts!

    Oh, and I can be reached at Thanks so much.

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  9. Tammy McCallister June 21, 2017 at 11:07 pm Reply

    I love teachers who never stop learning themselves, so that we can find more ways to reach as many students as possible! I’ve just spend two days getting “oriented” to a new district and have such a wonderful, positive and hopeful feeling. It’s great!

    I’ve followed you for a while, and look forward to new posts in my inbox. If I win some books, you can reach me at I was just saying today I needed more books in my library! #everhopeful !

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  10. Chelsea Gralnik June 21, 2017 at 7:16 pm Reply

    I am thankful for the teachers who aided me not only as fellow colleagues, but became my family as well. I am still new to teaching, with two years of experience. I’ve worked in a rural district in Texas during that time. In a school where turnover rates are high and the students have struggled to open up out of fear of being left again, I have learned to truly rely on others and share my insights at the same time. I am thankful that we all have a voice to share in the teaching community and that we are always striving to make each other better so that we can make the students we serve better. I am thankful to be a teacher, I am thankful for the teachers who have helped me to become the person I am today, and I am thankful for the teachers that will come. Never lose your light, and never give up your passion. We touch so many lives without ever realizing it!!

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  11. Brian Kelley June 21, 2017 at 5:53 pm Reply

    Like most, I am thankful for teachers who encouraged me…Who didn’t pretend I wasn’t there. I think we all may have been in those shoes too. Yet, what I’m most thankful for are the teachers who are in my life today. The encouragers. The risk takers. The positive souls. I couldn’t have known known it when I was an adolescent, but the things which moved me THEN, move me NOW. I’m thankful to be teaching with a generation of beta here who aren’t afraid to be curious, generous, and open. To steal and repurpose a line from “As Good as It Gets”…You make me want to be a better man.

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  12. klawsonsite June 21, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply

    I am thankful for teachers because they help build teammates up and have helped me laugh through many a tough day.

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  13. steelmsl June 21, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply

    I love my students and the school where I work. I have been teaching for 45 years and am still excited every year to return. But it is the teaching community that helps me grow and shows me the straight path when I get lost. It was Amy Rasmussen who bolstered me when my AP scores went down. It was my teammate who challenges me every day. It was a second year teacher who jumped in when I recently broke my foot. They are the ones who help me grow and are the inspiring and inspirers. I can’t imagine teaching without the support of my colleagues, my friends, my teachers. (Contact at 616-690-0922 or

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  14. Lori June 21, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply

    I am thankful for teachers because I am a life-long learner. Teachers have the best ideas!

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  15. Acacia June 21, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply

    I can be contacted at or 832-707-5802

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  16. Acacia June 21, 2017 at 8:55 am Reply

    I am thankful for teachers because we do sometimes thankless work for miminal pay and wake up everyday with a smile and excited to see our kids. I am thankful for teachers because we have the mind of a innovator and a hear for seeing students become the best they can be!

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  17. dawnfinley June 21, 2017 at 8:10 am Reply

    I’m so thankful for teachers who help me grow as a teacher, who have helped me grow as a human being, and who have and continue to help my own children grow. Teachers have the greatest impact (pos/neg) on students aside from friends and parents. I am so thankful to find teachers (in person on in my PLN) that are working to inspire students and help students discover themselves @dk_finley

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  18. joyinteaching June 20, 2017 at 11:18 pm Reply

    I am so thankful for teachers that continuously tap into the humanity, personality, and talents students have. I was fortunate enough to have a couple teachers who saw me as a person and I strive to make that same connection with each of mine. I can’t even imagine the person I would be if it had not been for the influence and friendship of those teachers. The work teachers do is too critical, too impactful beyond the school doors, to only teach academics.

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  19. Anonymous June 20, 2017 at 10:52 pm Reply

    I am grateful for this community and how it remains a touchstone for what I value in our profession. I tend to get distracted and dragged into other conversations, but this community always points me towards true north. Your voices, my students, and the voices of my hallway colleagues are always the supports that reengage and energize the work!

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  20. Kristi Compton June 20, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply

    I am extremely thankful that teachers are a community that shares ideas. I don’t know what I would do without the teachers in my department and resources like this blog. I love that teachers share ideas for the betterment of all kids. I share your blog with anyone that will listen:) (And I have that lion walker in my house too!) I’m at Thank you for sharing your stash!

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  21. mrsturnerblog June 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply

    Oh so many gorgeous books there! I’m all liked and subscribed and twitter-following. 😊

    I love teachers because you are a breath a sanity in my world. You know the struggles that I face, you labor alongside me in the trenches, you celebrate even the tiniest gains and spout encouragement every step of the way. I love teachers because you are my people, and everyone needs people. 😊❤️

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    • mrsturnerblog June 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

      And you can respond to me on twitter (@SineadWTurner) or email ( 😊

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  22. Brett Vogelsinger June 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

    I am grateful that my teachers gave me the right combination of challenge and joy to enable me not only to become an avid reader and curious writer, but to be a person who wants to pass that love of language and thought on to others. Any books I win I will use for one thing: to present my own students with challenge and joy. Please contact me at @theVogelman on Twitter. Thanks for sharing this opportunity with teachers!

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  23. frienddo June 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Today, I’m grateful for the teachers in my training who are always trying to get 5% better, as Kelly Gallagher suggested we do. Who question and wonder and revise, all with their students in mind. And every day, I’m thankful for my English department, my peers and friends who are my first and best teachers, and who challenge my thinking and make me laugh – A LOT – and who love kids. Always.

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  24. Kerry June 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm Reply

    I am thankful for the teachers I work along side each day. They are willing to learn, grow, and continue finding innovative ways to reach our students. They push me to be a better teacher! I would love to add more books to my class library- Thank you!

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  25. Margaret Egler June 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm Reply

    I’m thankful for teachers who have (shhh!) the best job because we get to hang out with kids, explore the world, read, read, read, and help shape our future to make sure it includes all of us. I would LOVE more books, and if I win, you can reach me at

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  26. dmericlelibertycenter June 20, 2017 at 11:36 am Reply

    I love teachers who work to help kids across the curriculum with matters that might not even be curriculum related!

    I am a follower! Thanks so much for all of your posts. You can email me at if I happen to be a winner. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. ckiley4 June 20, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply

    She’s too cute! I’m thankful for teachers who are willing to learn and grow and listen to me ramble on about Penny Kittle and the likes! 🙂

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  28. proudelizabeth June 20, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply

    I’m thankful for the teachers that have let me guide me them through rethinking their curriculum decisions, and trusting that workshop will change their practice and their students lives forever. My journey as an Instructional coach will be ending because I want to get back to the classroom, so I’m also grateful for opportunities of paying it forward, in regards to books. I left my classroom library in good hands, but now need to build another one.

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  29. Holly Kopcha June 20, 2017 at 11:14 am Reply

    I’m thankful for other teachers on blogs like this that share ideas, reflections, and lessons. It’s helpful to expand my circle beyond the few teachers in my building.
    P.S. I took Argument Writing last year through the Ohio Writing Project. It was awesome and changed the way I teach.

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  30. Ms. Barnhart June 20, 2017 at 10:16 am Reply

    One of my students just recently left in her exit reflection that she’s grateful that I “let [her] discover [her] own purpose for writing and being.” That’s what we do, and for that I’m thankful. #teachersrock

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  31. Ashley Pociask June 20, 2017 at 10:12 am Reply

    I love teachers who work so hard to motivate all their students!
    I already follow you on all the platforms! I also shared your links with my coworkers as we move to workshop as a school and district next year! You can email me at if I am lucky enough to win.

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